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Ok,
So barely on topic but an interesting question. I know a lot of people out there probably dont bother buying distros, instead they'll just download the free isos use those.
In my own situation, my preference of distro is SuSE, and I usually get the latest boxed copy of the distro once a year. Last year I bought 7.3 Professional, and Ive got 8.1 Professional on pre-order from The Linux Emporium.
So what do I do with the 7.3 boxed set? Sell it? Nah Im figuring I'll donate it to the local high school. That way the kids can get their hands dirty in projects with Linux and at the same time maybe wean them off the Windows Crack pipe.
Im interested in what other people out there do with their old distros... other views are welcome.
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Mark
 
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I remember seeing a web site aimed at coordinating this sort of "give-away" policy a while back. Maybe we need a sort of software version of http://www.bookcrossing.com/ ?
 
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I think the last one I tossed the corrugated part of the box in the recycling bin along with the installation guides, the outer cardboard and plastic had to go in the trash (not recyclable). The CDs I gave to a local educator.
A lot my old CDs end up as Christmas ornaments, since too many copyrighted programs can't be transferred these days and/or aren't wanted around here. Linux distros I'll donate if wanted, but it's somewhat of a disservice considering that it doesn't cost that much to simply replicate current-release ISOs.
 
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Originally posted by Tim Holloway:
Linux distros I'll donate if wanted, but it's somewhat of a disservice considering that it doesn't cost that much to simply replicate current-release ISOs.

I wouldnt call it a disservice, in my mind what Im proposing is donating software that the kids can use in class projects. Im not proposing that by donating software, schools will suddenly replace their IT infrastructure with Linux boxen.
For kids doing class projects in C++/Java you dont need bleeding edge versions of software. And yes, if they want the latest stuff, then ISO's are cheap to buy from places like the LinuxEmporium, or even to download... but Im hoping that the software donated would give the kids a taster of whats available.
Cheers,
Mark
 
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